Luckily, we have a translator available to help us!Early in to our conversation, we hear Lotte ask her boyfriend Jeroen to translate for her.
Jeroen Vuijk works for the local government in Rotterdam, and gives us a great perspective of what it’s like to date a woman who stutters.w=300" data-large-file="https://stutterrockstar.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/online_dating_regular_dating.jpg? w=347" class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-3556" title="online_dating_regular_dating" src="https://stutterrockstar.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/online_dating_regular_dating.jpg? w=150&h=150" alt="" width="150" height="150" srcset="https://stutterrockstar.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/online_dating_regular_dating.jpg? w=150&h=150 150w, https://stutterrockstar.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/online_dating_regular_dating.jpg? w=300&h=300 300w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" /A young man wrote a very poignant letter to the on-line group Stutt-l, sharing his concerns about dating and his fears that women never seem to be able to look past his stuttering.The young man ponders will it ever be possible for him to find someone who will be happy with him as he is. Several people responded to 27-year-old Justin, and one man in particular shared his very personal story about his own fears and insecurities. Dear Justin, I have stuttered since I was 5 years old (I’m now 53), so I’ve been doing it so long I’ve gotten rather good at it.Lotte talks about what it’s like to stutter in The Netherlands and how its perceived.We talk about therapy, shame, negative reactions, acceptance, and being able to communicate freely and confidently.In 1999 after the son graduated high school, we all went to New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM and started college.The next spring I got into speech therapy at the University due to one of my professors who recommended it.Episode 77 features Lotte Klene, who is 28 years old and hails from Rotterdam, The Netherlands.Lotte’s native language is Dutch and throughout our conversation, it is clear that Lotte is more fluent in Dutch than English.Trying to introduce myself was worse than “Nightmare on Elm Street”, so I quit college!I went back home and found a job where I didn’t have to talk to people much (computers as that is what I studied in college).